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Posted December 21, 2011
What’s Ahead Dec. 21: Bachmann spreads a little Christmas cheer

Gov. Rick Perry

Sen. John Kerry

Boston-Austin connection: It’s not just that they both have good hair, their last names rhyme and the both talk funny, but now Rick Perry seems to be channeling John Kerry.

Perry has taken to adding this line, which sounds an awful lot like one Kerry used, to his town hall comments:

“If you’ll have my back on Jan. 3 at the caucuses here in Iowa, I’ll have your back for the next four years in Washington, D.C.”

If he starts saluting and saying “reporting for duty,” we’ll know there has been a mind meld.

Of course, given Perry’s back problems, maybe he’s not speaking metaphorically.

Bah-humbug: Perhaps he was just sticking up for Tiny Tim.

Perhaps the liveliest part of Michele Bachmann’s meet-and-greet in Independence Dec. 20 was a brief, but spirited exchanged with Tom Ratchford. He has a reputation as a heckler whenever Republicans are in town, according to several people at the Bachmann event.

“You probably make three times as much as the average wage earner,” Ratchford said. “Why do you want to pick on the poor people?”

Bachmann denied that was the case, telling Ratchford President Obama “has been unwilling to lead as president” and it’s the Democratic-controlled Senate that left Washington for Christmas vacation without approving a long-term extension of the payroll tax cut.

Ratchford chided Bachmann for having a job that he said probably pays three times what the average working person makes.

“But you’re out here campaigning,” he said. “You have a job in Washington and you’re getting paid running around the country looking for another job.”

With that he left – with good riddance from the Bachmann supporters.

“Merry Christmas to you anyway,” Bachmann shouted to Ratchford as he left. “Merry Christmas to you anyway.”

In it to win it: Bachmann also said in Independence that she isn’t thinking about running for another term in the U.S. House.

“It is not on my radar,” she told a reporter after her meet-and-greet with about 30 people, “because I intend to be the next president of the United States.”

“Our bullet is moving up the charts,” she said, adding she is “delighted and honored” with the support she is receiving in Iowa.

“We think we will land exactly where we need to be Jan. 3 – on top — and then we will move forward like a cannon shot,” Bachmann said. “Iowa chooses. Iowa chooses our next president.

“They know I’m the authentic voice because I am an Iowan,” Bachmann said. “I’m not a part of Washington. I am a part of the voice of Iowa. That’s what I’m going to be. That’s what Iowans want.”

The road to re-election might be tough for Bachmann, who in 2006 became the first Republican woman elected to Congress from Minnesota.

If the presidential campaign doesn’t work out as planned, Bachmann has until June 5, 2012, to decide whether to file for re-election.

On the calendar:

Dec. 21

Rick Santorum, 8 a.m., Broadway Café, West Burlington; noon, Fairfield Arts & Convention Center, Fairfield; 6:30 p.m., house party, Iowa City

Ron Paul, 10 a.m., Comfort Inn & Suites, Fort Madison; noon, Civic Center, Mount Pleasant; 3 p.ml., Washington Public Library, Washington; 7 p.m., Quad Cities Waterfront Convention Center, Bettendorf

Newt Gingrich, Des Moines

Rick Perry, noon, Port City Underground, Muscatine; 1:30 p.m., Button Factory, Muscatine; 4:15 p.m. De Brito Baking Bistro, Mount Pleasant

Michele Bachmann, 9:30 a.m., Elly’s Tea & Coffee House, Muscatine; 10:40 a.m., Godfather’s Pizza, Wapello; 11:45 a.m., Ivy Bake Shoppe, West Burlington; 12:35 p.m., Ivy Bake Shoppe, Fort Madison; 2:10 p.m., Village Cup and Cakes, Keosauqua; 3 p.m., 1st National Bank, Fairfield; 4 p.m., Pizza Ranch, Mount Pleasant; 5:10 p.m., Frontier Family Restaurant, Washington; 7:20 pm., Cedar Lanes/T-Beck’s Lounge, Tipton; 8:30 p.m., Noelridge Park Church, 1147 Clifton St. NE, Cedar Rapids

Dec. 22

Rick Perry, 9 a.m., Drake on the Waterfront, Burlington; noon, Kuhly’s Bar & Grill, Ottumwa; 3 p.m., TPI, Newton

Ron Paul, 10 a.m., Historic Clinton Engines Building, Maquoketa; noon, Grand River Center, Dubuque, 3 p.m., Delaware County Fairgrounds, Manchester; 7 p.m., Hotel Kirkwood, Cedar Rapids

Dec. 27

Rick Perry, 10:45 a.m., Main Street Café, Council Bluffs; 1:15 p.m., Glenn Miller Museum, Clarinda; 3:30 p.m., Adams Street Espresso, Creston; 5 :30 p.m., Clarke County REC, Osceola

Newt Gingrich, Iowa

Dec. 28

Rick Perry, 7 a.m., Westside Conservative Club, Machine Shed Restaurant, Urbandale; 1:30 p.m., The Sports Page, Indianola; 3:30 p.m. Smokey Row Coffee Shop, Pella; 5 p.m., Smokey Row Coffee Shop, Oskaloosa

Dec. 29

Rick Perry, 10 a.m., Coffee Corner, Washington; 12:30 p.m., Blue Strawberry, 118 2nd St. SE, Cedar Rapids; 5:30 p.m., Fisher Community Center Auditorium, Marshalltown

Dec. 30

Rick Perry, noon, Doughy Joey’s, 300 W. 4th St, Waterloo; 2:45 p.m., Fainting Goat, Waverly; 5:30 p.m., Cerro Gordo County GOP fundraiser, Mason City County Club

Dec. 31

Rick Perry, 10:30 a.m., Bloomers at Central Coffee Shop, Fort Dodge; 12:45 p.m., Dutch Oven Bakery, Boone



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